ABOUT TIME: A redevelopment for the Kingaroy is on the cards, but it could be some time away.
ABOUT TIME: A redevelopment for the Kingaroy is on the cards, but it could be some time away.

Will we see boost?

THE Labor State Government's Refreshed Nursing Policy promised 4000 graduate nurse positions, but the South Burnett may not see any new nurses.

A spokesman for Health Minister Cameron Dick said the $111 million campaign would guarantee 1000 graduate nursing jobs each year over the next four years.

He said the campaign would address the shortage of nurses across the state, but could not guarantee if any new nurses would be seen in the South

Burnett.

"I can't say where any of them will be sent, but decisions will be made at a local level," he said.

The spokesman said decisions for where nursing positions were required would be identified by local hospitals and health services.

He said Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service would be responsible for how many jobs would be delivered to the

region.

"In terms of where those positions go, decisions are still being made," he said.

"It will be based on where the need is to restore numbers."

The Health Minister was not able to guarantee when positions would start to be seen across the state.

"There have been initial discussions with the health department, and action will be taken as soon as possible," he said.

The program was motivated by a shortage of nurses and will give nursing graduates a year of experience before entering the workforce.

"New graduates found it difficult to gain the experience required for positions available around Queensland," he said.

As part of the Refreshed Nursing Policy, the spokesman said experienced nurses would also be given mentoring positions, to accelerate the graduates' learning.